Peta Mathias was born in New Zealand and began her career as a registered nurse before moving to Canada, where she lived for six years and worked as a toxicotherapist. She then lived in Paris for ten years and worked as a chef and ran her own restaurant. Since 1990, she has been based in Auckland, where she writes books and fronts prime-time food and travel programmes. In 2006, she founded a company hosting gastronomic adventures in Uzès in the south of France, Marrakesh and Rajasthan, and in 2008 she set up her own television production company to produce cookery DVDs and television series of her culinary trips.
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